This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1772 Excerpt: ...as the ground would admit. The houses are handsome, has a sumptuous cathedral, several magnificent churches, and many convents well built ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1772 Excerpt: ...as the ground would admit. The houses are handsome, has a sumptuous cathedral, several magnificent churches, and many convents well built and endowed. A prodigious trade is carried on in this city; and the streets are crowded with Negctroes of both sexes, quite naked, except a piece of cloth wrapped round their middles. There are also shorps, and other public places, where these poor creatures stand for sale, in.the same manner as the cattle in our' markets. It is the residenceof the vice-roy, who acts both in a civil and. military capacity, and maintains the state and court of a sovereign prince. Rio de Janeiro is a rich and populous city, standing about two leagues from the sea, on a bay formed by the river of the same name. It has the advantage of an excellent port, which is now more resorted to than any other in Brazil, on account of the gold and diamonds which are found in the mountains of this and the neighbouring province of St. Vincent. Both the town and bay are defended by several sorts. ' Fernambuco is the chief town of the province to which it gives name, and one of thee most considerable in Brazil. In its neighbourhood is a fine harbour, called Renies, or Arrarife, defended by a number of sorts; but the entrance to it is rendered so intricate and dangerous by sunken rocks and sands, that it requires the aflistance of a skilsul pilot to avoid them.-' " GOVERNMBNT.-' The government of Brazil is in the viceioy, who has two councils; one for criminal, the other sor civil affairs, in both which he presides; but there is no part of the world where the lawyers are more corrupt, or the chicanery of their profeflion more practised., Only half of the captainries, into which this empire is "divided, are annexed to the crown; the rest being fiefs, ...Read Less
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